Monday 5
Towards a Socio-Ecological Urban Resilience
Anne Sistel
› 11:05 - 18:00 (6h55)
› Montpellier
Spaces and barriers to operationalize urban resilience
Lorenzo Chelleri  1, *@  , Eva-Maria Stumpp  2@  , Luca Savati  3@  , Thorsten Schuetze  4@  
1 : Autonomous Barcelona University  (UAB)
2 : Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecololgy, University of Stuttgart  (ILPOE)
3 : Consiglio per la Ricerca e la sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Rome
4 : Sungkyunkwan University
* : Corresponding author

Because of the sustainability challenges driven from (and related to) cities, the 'metaphor of resilience' has been recently framed and applied to urban environments. Strongly influenced from the bouncing-back to dynamic equilibrium perspective, the first understandings of resilient cities were related to disaster risk and climate change adaptation strategies in order to protect and adapt the built and social environments to external crisis. Few studies have recently explored other dimensions of urban resilience from multidisciplinary perspectives, related to sustainability and evolutionary changes. Due to the fact that cities have a very high resilience potential (because they are highly transformable), this paper will contribute to the possible operationalization of urban evolutionary resilience for cities governance and planning.

In the first part a critical discussion on the interdependences and conflicts between the concepts of resilience, transition and sustainability will discuss answers to the following questions: “Why do we need resilience when we can simply foster transitions processes in cities which aim for the creation of sustainable urban environments?” , “Which useful and operative principles brings resilience for cities?”, and “What are the challenges within and beyond the flexibility and learning metaphors?”. In the second part the paper will illustrate a proposal for potential multidisciplinary research lines, which integrate planning principles and spatial transitions for building resilience in cities in the framework of sustainable urban re-developments. Practical examples from different case studies, in Mexico City, Barcelona, Athens and others, will discuss how different research related to urban resilience integrate different spatial (urban-rural, global-local, bottom-up and top-down) and temporal (short term and long term) perspectives and scales.

The discussion of recent research findings published in papers underline the need to involve people, different types of urban (sub-)sytems and decentralized and integrated approaches in the transition of infrastructures, and that it is crucial to create public awareness and shared responsibilities for the management of a resilient and sustainable urban metabolism.

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